Great food & good drink go hand in hand. Liberty Distillery works on Vancouver’s Granville Island. Market Brew – boutique beer at Adelaide Central Market?
Last week Adelaide’s iconic Adelaide Central Market announced the winner of their concept design competition for the best idea to make use of the historic tower on the Grote St side of the Market. Locals and visitors alike all love our fabulous Market, but most of us had no idea that the tower, hiding in plain view on the northern side of the Federal Hall building, has been resting, largely unused, ever since it was built 115 years ago. A competition was held to encourage the public to come up with ideas for best use of the space and the winner was a brewery concept put forward by by Adelaide University space planner and architect Reuben French-Kennedy, Walter Brooke & Associates architect Adrian Reveruzzi and UniSA student Duana Fisher.
Their design incorporates a bar on the ground floor with outdoor seating for patrons, hops growing on the roof and the brewing process being visible through the open tower space. Boutique breweries are becoming increasingly popular, giving the big boys a run for their money (although they are not averse to using some questionable approaches in an effort to claw back some of their share) and the addition of a lively new enterprise like this would be a wonderful asset to an already precious Adelaide favourite. Putting all the finishing touches to any plans for the tower will take some time yet, but it looks as though the thought of a refreshing, local ale to go with some of the great food available at Adelaide Central Market is appealing to more than just me.
If the brewery does go ahead, we certainly won’t have been the first place to decide that we’d like a local drink to go with our local food. Just around the corner from the wonderful Public Markets on Granville Island in Vancouver I discovered the Liberty Distillery. Liberty have been established since 2013 and produce a range of hand-crafted premium spirits made totally from grain grown in British Columbia. They ferment and distill onsite and the triple-distilling process, in beautiful hand-made copper stills, is all visible from their gorgeous cocktail bar. They produce a range of signature cocktails using their Truth Vodka, Endeavour Gin and Railspur White Whiskey from behind an antique bar and also conduct tastings and guided tours of the distillery.
Offering tours of such a novel idea as a Market brewery in an historic tower seems a bit of a no-brainer, making the whole concept even more attractive. An on-site brewery will add a whole new facet to the Adelaide Central Market, making an already unique weekly shopping experience for locals that little bit more ‘refreshing’ and opening up the appeal of this premier food precinct to new consumers and tourists alike.
So – are there any brewers out there with a burning desire to be the next big thing on the Adelaide food and drink scene?